Thursday, September 20, 2012

Maple Granola (Gluten-Free)

Mistakes are funny in that they can be really bad or...really kind of awesome.

Bad: When you think you're on mute on a client call. Oh wait, you're not.

Good: When you attempt to make gluten-free granola bars but ended up with gluten-free granola.

Oops. My bad. Not.

I'm heading to Big Sur this weekend and couldn't be more excited. As a California native, I am ashamed to admit I've never been. Don't judge me!

We're glamping. Otherwise known as, glamorous camping; staying in a yurt! I'm not worried about bugs or getting dirty or being cold. I'm much more concerned with what I will be eating. I don't want to get hangry after all.

Upon first preparing for this trip, my immediate thought was "What camp-appropriate food am I going to make and bring?" Well, I decided granola bars are "camping-ish/hiking food." So this was my attempt to make granola bars...but upon removing them from the oven, looking all golden and delicious, I quickly realized that I had not used enough sticky ingredients to hold it all together. I let it cool and then took a knife and broke all the granola up.

So, now I've got some gluten-free granola for easy breakfasts and snacking.

I've also got Manchego cheese, quinoa and black bean chips, mint-chocolate creme brownies, 3 bottles of wine, mango-nectarines from the Farmers Market, and almond butter/raspberry jelly sandwiches.

Because that's how this girl camps.

If you need me, I'll be in my yurt.

Gluten-free Maple Granola

2 1/2 cups oats (gluten-free or regular depending on your preference)
1/2 cup almonds, chopped
3/4 cup dried cranberries
3 tablespoons flaxseed, optional
1/2 cup dried, unsweetened coconut flakes
3 tablespoons unsalted butter or Earth Balance
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons agave nectar syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, optional but highly recommended

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a bowl, mix the oats, almonds, dried cranberries, flaxseed, and coconut flakes.

2. In a saucepan, over low heat, melt the butter. Then, remove from heat and add the agave, vanilla, maple syrup, and salt. Pour this mixture over the oat mixture and stir gently until mixed.

3. Place the oat mixture in an 8 by 12-inch pan or a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Every oven is different, so remove the granola just as it starts to turn golden brown. Let the granola cool and then add in the chocolate chips.

Eat plain, as cereal, throw it in some greek yogurt...the options are endless.

1 comment

  1. Alex and I have been totally wanting to go to Treebones Resort- have fun and let me know how it is! Sounds great to me :)